John Redfern (24 May 1938 - 24 Apr 2021)

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Location
Bretby Crematorium Carnarvon Chapel Geary Lane Burton upon Trent DE15 0QE
Date
10th May 2021
Time
11.15am
Funeral Director
Murray’s Independent Funeral Directors Findern

In loving memory of Robert 'John' Redfern who sadly passed away at home on 24th April 2021, aged 82 years.
Dearly loved husband of Penny, much loved dad to David, Annette, and Nicki, and treasured grandad of Chloe, Becky, and James. John will be sadly missed by all his family and friends.

Sadly due to the current restrictions, a private service will be held on Monday 10th May, 11.15 am at Bretby Crematorium. The service will be webcast and the family would like to invite you to join them virtually using the following link and password.

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Lorna Lloyd donated in memory of John

Rest in peace, John. You made a real difference to this world.

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Rebecca Brown wrote

My wonderful grandad, I adore you and miss you everyday.

Thanks for always supporting my achievements and making fun of those we love!

Miss and love you always

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Lorna Lloyd wrote

I am so sad at the passing of John. He has been such an important person in my life. He was my first mentor at Forest of Needwood, guiding me through the challenges a new teacher faces. Then later, still at the Forest and then at Paget, he guided me through further challenges of management at school. He was a wonderful role model and true professional.
He was also a very dear friend and we shared many long and interesting conversations about a play we had seen or a film. His theatre trips that he organised opened up the world of live theatre to pupils, staff and parents and I shall always be grateful for them.
His sense of humour was quick and enthusing and it was always a pleasure to be in his company. He was kind and generous of spirit.
May he rest in peace and I send my love and condolences to all his family.

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  • Thank you for your lovely comments Lorna, I know that he greatly valued your friendship too. We are at a loss at the moment but so many lovely comments have been a real comfort to us all. Please also thank Pete for his lovely comments too. Take care Annette x

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Peter Lloyd wrote

My first mentor as a teacher, my staff badminton partner, and an all round truly lovely man. Fond memories from years ago at Forest of Needwood School - will always be remembered.

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Lorna Lloyd wrote

I shall never forget John. He was a wonderful colleague, mentor and loyal friend.
May he rest in peace. We shall all miss him.

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Peter Lloyd donated £20 in memory of John

My first mental as a teacher, my staff badminton partner, and an all round lovely man

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Kerry Newman donated in memory of John

With much love to you all. I'm known for my terrible memory, so I'm struggling to think of what to say about John. However, they say what you remember of someone is how they made you feel, and John certainly made me feel seen, valued, encouraged, capable and welcome. A fabulous inspirational teacher. I'm so sad I didn't get to see him for that lunch. X

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  • Thank you for your lovely words Kerry you have been so kind to us all over the past few months. It is really appreciated and all of the lovely comments about Dad have been a real comfort. Take care Nett x

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Murder, Mystery & "Mercury": John holding a copy of one of his popular publications at the Magic Attic

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John Phillips wrote

John Redfern was an exceptional person - it was always good to be in his pleasant company. He was a gifted and generous man, blessed with an abundance of talents and interests. His infectious enthusiasm inspired respect and a deeply felt admiration. John was a natural performer, a persuasive speaker, who was very much in demand locally. People flocked to hear his celebrated local history talks. They were charmed by his comfortable, informative flow, delivered in a relaxed manner.
John will be missed and mourned by many. May he rest in peace.

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  • Thank you John for your kind words. Though we are at a total loss at the moment the lovely comments have been a real comfort to us all. I saw the Ripper picture that you drew for him when I went into his office the other week. It hangs beside his desk. Take care. Annette x

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John Phillips donated in memory of John

John Redfern was a wonderful colleague and a dear friend. We shall miss him but will cherish so many happy memories.

Jennifer & John

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Sandra Hughes donated £25 in memory of John

John was a lovely thoughtful and caring person.
He will be very much missed
Thanks for lending me Penny from time to time 👍💕
Sandy Hughes

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  • Thank you for your kind words Sandie, I am hoping that you will join Penny when she starts to travel again. Hopefully you will both have many new adventures. She is lucky to have such a good friend. Take care Annette x

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Annette Brown donated in memory of John
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Alix Eastwood wrote

My memories of John go way back to the days at Forest of Needwood with our children in the swimming pool on Sunday mornings.
I will remember him as a perfect gentleman,a great teacher and my mentor during difficult times.
We shared some good times,the staff parties,the theatre outings and much more.
When I went to live in Mauritius,he carried on with his usual Christmas card filling all the space with news of everyone.
His last message was last December telling me that he was ill.But still full of humour and wit.
Rest in peace my dear friend,you will be greatly missed

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  • Thank you for you kind words, I know that Dad valued your friendship very much. Take care Annette x

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Suzanne Raybould donated £20 in memory of John

A lovely, kind and true gentleman. RIP dear John.

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  • Thank you for your kind words, it is comfort to us all to know how much he was liked and respected. Take care Annette x

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Suzzanne and Richard Tuckwell donated in memory of John

In loving memory of a kind man.

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  • Thank you for your kind words, it is comfort to us all to know how much he was liked and respected. Take care Annette x

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John Saunders wrote

Missing your quizzes already john.

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Val and Alexander Timms donated in memory of John

In memory of a fine gentleman, a superb colleague and a good friend.

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  • Thank you for your kind words Alex, it is comfort to us all to know how much he was liked and respected. He always enjoyed your company and putting the world to rights Take care Annette x

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Pat Smith donated £20 in memory of John

Fond memories of Forest of Needwood times and many fun evenings.

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  • Thank you for your kind words, it is comfort to us all to know how much he was liked and respected. I haven't seen you for years. I remember visiting you Nigel and James? at Packington Take care Annette x

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Stephen Hickman donated £30 in memory of John

We have known John for many years through being a neighbour and the Willington players. We were never short of laughs when John was at rehearsals with the players. John will be greatly missed.
Steve, Maureen and Mark

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  • Thank you for your kind words Steve, it is comfort to us all to know how much he was liked and respected. I know how much he enjoyed your company and all of the events in Willington. Take care Annette x

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Stephen Hickman wrote

I've known John for a number of years through being a neighbour and the Willington Players. There was always plenty of laughs during rehearsals with the players. John will be greatly missed.

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Graham Mitchell donated in memory of John

Very sad news. John was an inspirational English teacher and a wise Head of Sixth Form who many people owe a great deal to. He will be greatly missed.

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Holly Merry née Fisher wrote

Mr Redfern was the best teacher. He was head of sixth form and rang up my uni when our ALevel results came out and secured my place. I owe him big time for that, he positively impacted my whole life as a direct result. He was caring and respectful, professional and aspirational, he listened and was empathic, yet was never patronising. A truly great and honourable man. Thank you. Rest in peace.

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  • Thank you for such lovely words Holly, It is a comfort to know how well thought of Dad was

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Jean Macey donated £20 in memory of John
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Noreen Wyatt donated in memory of John

Fond memorie of John who was an outstanding colleague and a true friend to many.

He will be greatly missed.

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  • Thank you for your kind words, it is comfort to us all to know how much he was liked and respected. Take care Annette x

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Malcolm Wheildon donated in memory of John

RIP. JR (Ripper) -Waka

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  • Thank you for your kind words, it is comfort to us all to know how much he was liked and respected. Take care Annette x

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Malcolm Wheildon wrote

RIP JR(Ripper) from WAKA

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A wonderful journey through France. We love and miss you Dad xx

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